It's the details that make a project, and I just love a big, ruched, self-covered button for adding some vintage-modern punch to an outfit or accessory.
Here's how you can make your own ruched, self-covered buttons. (Note: You will need to purchase a large button-making kit from your favorite notions store.):
--First, cut out an oval-shaped piece of fabric to cover the button, rather than circular, to allow for the gathering of the fabric. To determine the size, lay the button down on the wrong side of the fabric and mark the center of the button, as well as the side and top edges. Move the button over half a width to each side and mark the curve lines, as shown. Your oval should be a ½-inch larger than one formed by the side, top, and bottom curves.
--Then, sew a running stitch in a straight linebetween the two outer dots. Make smaller stitches on the front of the fabric to hide the thread, once gathered. Knot the end, then gather up to create ruching and secure center with thread. Your fabric should now be in the shape of a circle.
--Next, sew a running stitch around the edge of the circle ¼" from the edge and gather up like a granny cap. Cover the button and tie off to secure the fabric on the button. Massage gathers to distribute evenly, and finish the button according to manufacturer's instructions. Voila! Big ruched button!
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Do you like to cover your own buttons? I would love to know if you have any tricks!